Mentor Text: Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska Writing Techniques: Lyrical Analysis Academic writing of analysis Looking at tone and mood Looking at voice Writing lyrical poetry Writing narrative poetry Pairing writing with other creative work Background: Recently, I found myself thinking about dream projects. Like many teachers, I have some crazy ideas rolling around the ol’ noggin. […]
Sticky notes and index cards can help overwhelmed writers take things bit by bit.
Before mentors texts became the flexible frame onto which I could hang all of my writing instruction, I had nothing to do with all of the cool articles I stumbled across. When I found a piece of writing that connected with my curriculum, I would most often say, “Hey! Cool!”, print it or clip it, […]
Mentor Text: WFM: Allergic to Pine-Sol, Am I the Only One by Melissa Barrett Writing Techniques: Poetry (specifically found poetry) Manipulating existing text for creative purposes Critical Thinking Creative response Editing The importance of a title Background: In the spirit of Poetry Month, I decided to commit the remainder of April’s columns to poetic mentor […]
Like Rebekah, Allison, and probably many of you, I am a big fan of Kelly Gallagher’s work. In fact, a colleague and I structured our freshman curriculum to mirror the writing scaffold in his book Write Like This: our first freshman writing assignments encourage students to “express and reflect” in personal narratives, assignments throughout the […]
With a little bit of creativity and flexibility, you can add more writing time to your classes!
Mentor Text: The Twin Peaks poetry of Liz Worth Writing Techniques: Poetry Manipulating existing text for creative purposes Pop culture analysis Creative response Editing Background: I’ve already admitted to how I feel about magazines in this column. They’re these wonderful collections of information and inspiration that call to me on a regular basis. I read […]
The goal of dropping everything and playing is to transform the fear of a new text into an opportunity for pure creativity.
I feel like I’ve been engaged in a pedagogical ancestry project recently — mapping my teaching forebears through generations. In floods of professional books, blogs, Tweets, and chats, these ideals into which I have become so deeply entrenched sometimes lose their original source. Like a game of educational Telephone, the message gets translated and retranslated, […]
Writers’ bios provide lessons in voice, brevity and writing for social media.